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Nine Reasons I Twitter Pt. 3

Wrapping up my series on Twitter with the final three reasons. Number seven…

Twitter Reminds Me I’m Not Alone

When someone tweets about forgetting to unmute the audio for a video roll (no names this time…), I’m reminded I’m not the only one who makes mistakes. When someone writes about having a really rough day, I think, “Ah, it’s not just me!” When I hear about a crazy request from senior leadership, I’m encouraged I’m not the only one that’s happened to. When we think we’re the only one with a problem, the problem tends to seem pretty large. When we hear others struggle with it, too, the problem shrinks. I’m not the only Tech Director that’s made a bad call during a service (duh!). I’m not the only one who doesn’t like sitting through 3 hour staff meetings (duh!). I’m not the only one who has way too much work to do before Sunday (duh!). It’s good to keep this in perspective.

It Makes Me Feel Important

This one may be a bit narcissistic, but deep down, I think we all would like to think we matter. We all do, of course, but in the daily grind of life, sometimes we forget. I’ll admit to really liking it when someone responds to one of my tweets. That means something I said was important enough for someone else to respond to. Someone across the country, someone I may not even know, thought something I said was important. Maybe I’m just insecure, but I like that feeling. 

Twitter Keeps My Mom Up To Date

This may not be why I Twitter, but it’s a great side benefit. Like many, I’m not really good at keeping in touch with my mom. I don’t call or e-mail enough. However, she can drop in on my Twitter feed and see what I’m up to. I’m amazed at how many times she’ll drop me an e-mail and say, “I saw on your Twitter that you’re…” She really follows it. So does my mother-in-law. They like to keep track of what’s going on in our lives, and when I update my Twitter feed, they feel closer to what we’re doing. Since we live half-way across the country from both of them, that’s important.

Those are some of the reasons I Twitter. Now I’ll grant you that Twitter isn’t a substitute for real, flesh and blood interactions. I think we still need to have plenty of people in our lives that we can see and feel and touch. I don’t think Twitter will replace those people. However, Twitter is great at expanding the circle. It’s especially great if you work in a field where you don’t connect with others who do what you do all the time. Most churches don’t even have Technical Arts Directors, let alone more than one. There are only and handful of us in any given city. Yet I know 30 of them through Twitter. That’s cool. Were I an accountant, it might not be so important.

Still, just keeping up with people on a regular basis through Twitter has been great fun, and I’m looking forward to expanding the circle further. Not on Twitter yet? Sign up. Follow me at @mikesessler. See who I follow and follow them, too. Pretty soon, we’ll all have new friends. That’s the power of Twitter.

9 Comments

  1. phillipgibb@gmail.com

    Very cool and very thought out reasons man, nice.

    Although there is the threat as my Wife points out to me often that it can become self-seeking. When stats and recognition are more important than Glorifying God and engaging with the online community.

    To be known and to be respected are noble goals I strive for, even with twitter – but I gotta keep reminding myself that it aint about me.

    whoo, end of the preach.

    love your blog

    Phill(synapticlight)

  2. phillipgibb@gmail.com

    Very cool and very thought out reasons man, nice.

    Although there is the threat as my Wife points out to me often that it can become self-seeking. When stats and recognition are more important than Glorifying God and engaging with the online community.

    To be known and to be respected are noble goals I strive for, even with twitter – but I gotta keep reminding myself that it aint about me.

    whoo, end of the preach.

    love your blog

    Phill(synapticlight)

  3. colin@faithtools.net

    Excellent articles! I agree with all of your points. The collaboration & friendship I’ve experienced via Twitter is something I never expected when I first started Tweeting. As you mentioned, our gigs by design keep us isolated from our peers. For iron to sharpen iron there must be contact. Twitter has become one of my essential tools for keeping in contact with those that are best positioned to keep me at the top of my game.

  4. colin@faithtools.net

    Excellent articles! I agree with all of your points. The collaboration & friendship I’ve experienced via Twitter is something I never expected when I first started Tweeting. As you mentioned, our gigs by design keep us isolated from our peers. For iron to sharpen iron there must be contact. Twitter has become one of my essential tools for keeping in contact with those that are best positioned to keep me at the top of my game.

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  6. jeremy@lifewayfamily.org

    I’ve received tremendous help and insight from your blogs, which I found through twitter. I’ve recommended your blog and @mikesessler to numerous Tech and Worship Leader friends and followers of mine and will continue to do so. Thanks!

    Also I thought this was humorous from Collide Magazine about the Twitterverse.

    http://jwalker71.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/the-seven-twitterers-you-meet-in-the-twitterverse-by-scott-mcclellan/

  7. jeremy@lifewayfamily.org

    I’ve received tremendous help and insight from your blogs, which I found through twitter. I’ve recommended your blog and @mikesessler to numerous Tech and Worship Leader friends and followers of mine and will continue to do so. Thanks!

    Also I thought this was humorous from Collide Magazine about the Twitterverse.

    http://jwalker71.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/the-seven-twitterers-you-meet-in-the-twitterverse-by-scott-mcclellan/

  8. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Jeremy–
    Thanks for the kind words! Also, thanks for the link to the Twitter-er article. That was a great one, and I found myself laughing quite a few times while reading. I just can’t decide what kind I am!
    Thanks,
    mike

  9. mike@churchtecharts.org

    Jeremy–
    Thanks for the kind words! Also, thanks for the link to the Twitter-er article. That was a great one, and I found myself laughing quite a few times while reading. I just can’t decide what kind I am!
    Thanks,
    mike

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